The Boston Herald has revealed that Curt Schilling may need shoulder surgery that would result in our aged ace to not only miss the entire 2008 season, but it also could quite possibly end his career. The first thing that should be on the tip of every Sox fans mind right now is why are we just hearing about this now?!? Pitchers and catchers are reporting in 6 days and this is the first we here about it? What in the world were Red Sox officials looking for when they examined him during his now infamous weight laden incentive contract? It looks on face that they were too focused on pounds and not focused enough on his shoulder.
I'm hoping that this is all speculation, but hearing that the Red Sox tried to void Schillings' contract does not sit well with me, and gives a little more merit to the story. Schilling's sure to chime in eventually on his blog, however with 8 million plus clams at stake, I'm sure it's in his best interest to be quiet for the time being.
This wouldn't cripple the Red Sox as bad as would have in years past, and Clay Buchholz would be a more then obvious replacement for Saint Curt. Still, Schilling does bring a lot to the table, and his professionalism, preparation, and work ethic would have surely had further positive effects on the rest of the pitching staff. But before I jump to too many conclusions I'm going to let the dust settle a little this one, we're sure to hear more from someone on this in the near.